Makers, developers and hobbyists that are looking for a low-cost Bluetooth Arduino compatible micro controller that can be controlled and programmed wirelessly may be interested to know that the LightBlue Bean+ Bluetooth Arduino controller is now available from the Adafruit online store.
Supporting Bluetooth 4.0 a serial protocol that allows the LBM313 Bluetooth Low Energy module and Atmega328p to communicate both messages from the client which can be PC, Mac, iOS or Android to the Arduino.
Features of the LightBlue Bean+ Bluetooth Arduino Micro-Controller include :
– 3-axis accelerometer
– Temperature sensor
– RGB LED
– 3.7V 600mAh LiPo battery
– ATmega 328p @ 8 MHz clock speed
– 16 digital I/O pins, 6 analog pins
– Bluetooth LE Peripheral (not Central-capable)
– Wireless programming
– 2 built-in Grove ports for easy and quick component connection
– Support on OS X, iOS, Windows 8+! Not supported by Windows 7
Bean+ comes with a LiPo battery and charges just like any other micro-USB device. If you need more capacity, simply solder on your own LiPo as a replacement. Bean+ operates at either 3.3 or 5 volts, so it can talk to all your favorite peripherals. You won’t have to limit which parts you can use because of incompatible operating voltages. Additionally, with a new RF amplifier, the Bean+ can communicate with other Bean+’s from up to 400 meters (1,300 ft) under ideal conditions, or 250 meters (820 ft) to your smartphone.
For more information on the new LightBlue Bean+ jump over to the Adafruit website for details by following the link below. If you enjoyed this article you are sure to enjoy how to build your very own Arduino wind speed meter or anemometer project which is easy to build with basic Arduino skills.